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Big city sights

Bit of a mission to get to Paris starting with a gondola ride, then taxi to Venice and a flight to Paris. Funnily enough, the kids were excited to be out of buses and back on a plane. We were all glad to be down near sea level again and getting rid of our altitude hangovers. You basically feel headachey and tired as sleeping at altitude is more difficult.

Our accommodation in Paris was at the Yooma Hostel. It's a very cool hostel modern and clean with a great communal lounge/ bar area. Our room slept 6 with a double bed and two sets of bunks. The bunks were quirky in that they all had sliding doors to pull across. The kids loved sleeping in their cupboards. It was a fantastic location only a 10 min walk to the Eiffel Tower

We made it to Paris!
The kids in their cupboards

Our first day saw us take an early train out to Le Havre to see the NZ Womens Football Team vs Holland in the World Cup. A bit of a mission to get there via the metro and train however we got to chat to the deputy NZ ambassador as well as being interviewed by FIFA TV crew so the 2 1/2 hours passed more quickly. In all honesty, I would have been quite happy to crawl under the seat as everyone knows I'm not a huge footy fan and was fearful of being asked something I was unable to answer. The bag check at the entrance gate was interesting with me being unable to take in my drink bottle, a 20ml bottle of alcohol hand gel and my kindle - go figure! There was a fantastic atmosphere and despite us being very much a minority in a sea of orange, there was lots of chat and light-hearted banter with the surrounding dutch supporters. The NZ girls played really well holding off the Dutch until the last 5 mins of the game when they managed to sneak in a goal. A long trip back to Paris had us in bed exhausted at 11 pm.

Supporting our team

Next day we hit the road again to take in the city sights - the Eiffel tower, poor old Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe as well as a spot of shopping. Paris is a beautiful city which never fails to impress. We especially enjoyed watching a storm roll in from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Breakfast was crepes and lunch pasta. The restaurant prices are not for the faint hearted though. The French people, on the whole, have been very friendly and helpful aside from the waiter who tried to tell us we needed to pay him a 20% tip.

Notre Dame under repair
The Louvre
Arc de Triomphe
A storm rolls in
Toby in his happy place

Our last day in Paris was one the kids had been looking forward to. A day at Disneyland Paris - you know - the "happiest place on earth". It was a really fun day including ending up on thrilling rides that we weren't expecting especially poor old Matt who is not a big fan of roller coasters. The queues weren't too bad, mostly around half an hour. We all enjoyed our $15 hotdogs and finally managed to drag the kids away returning back to the hostel after another 12 hour day.

Fun times

So that was our whirlwind trip to Paris. Next, we're off to Switzerland. We return to Paris after that prior to heading back to NZ so there's time to see some more Parisienne sights.

Posted by Watson5 13:31 Archived in France

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Looks like you had fun in Disney Land. There would be no way I would be going on the roller coaster. Love the photos.

by Val Glue

Love keeping up with your adventures and seeing your photos
Looking forward to your return ????????

by Betty

I would be same as you Rach and as for the kindle maybe they thought it would be a weapon lol

by Tracey Parks

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